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The Last Woman on Earth

Last Woman on Earth, The (1960) Movie Poster
USA  •    •  71m  •    •  Directed by: Roger Corman.  •  Starring: Betsy Jones-Moreland, Antony Carbone, Robert Towne.  •  Music by: Ronald Stein.
     Ev, along with her husband, Harold, and their lawyer friend Martin, are swimming while on vacation in Puerto Rico. When they resurface, they gradually conclude that an unexplained, temporary interruption of oxygen has killed everyone on the island... maybe even the world!
   Length:  Languages:  Subtitles:
 72:01
 
 64:33

Trailers:

   Length:  Languages:  Subtitles:
 2:08
 
 

Review:

Image from: Last Woman on Earth, The (1960)
Image from: Last Woman on Earth, The (1960)
Image from: Last Woman on Earth, The (1960)
Image from: Last Woman on Earth, The (1960)
Image from: Last Woman on Earth, The (1960)
Image from: Last Woman on Earth, The (1960)
Image from: Last Woman on Earth, The (1960)
Image from: Last Woman on Earth, The (1960)
Image from: Last Woman on Earth, The (1960)
Image from: Last Woman on Earth, The (1960)
Image from: Last Woman on Earth, The (1960)
A mysterious apocalypse creates void of oxygen in atmosphere an wipes out all human (and animal) life. Three people, a businessman, his wife and lawyer are scuba diving at that moment, and when they resurface, they discover everyone are dead and they might be the only ones alive. Starring Betsy Jones-Moreland, Anthony Carbone and (future 'Chinatown' screenwriter) Robert Towne credited as Edward Wain (with this performance he proves to be much more talented as a writer than an actor). One woman and two men are always perfect combination for intrigues and drama. Especially in the setting of post-apocalyptic world. In that sense 'Last Woman on Earth' bares many similarities with Corman's own earlier film 'Day the World Ended'.

Plot is intriguing and screenplay is fairly well written by Robert Towne. There are its weak points, but these are, again, mainly the fault of Roger Corman's style rushed production. The filming started before the screenplay was finished, and it shows in its catastrophic ending that itself is not all that bad but feels - rushed, but at the same time it wonderfully underlines the relationships between three protagonists and their outlook for future. Good writing is supported by good acting jobs mainly by Carbone and Jones-Moreland. Low budget shines through less in this low key but ambitious science fiction masterpiece.

With all its weak spots 'Last Woman on Earth' is my own personal favorite from Corman alongside 'A Bucket of Blood' and 'The Intruder'.


Review by Hullumaja Puffet from the Internet Movie Database.